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Alison Gopnik

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What Babies Can Tell Us About Artificial Intelligence

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:32 AM

They may outwit the chess Grandmaster Kasparov, but can machines ever be as smart as a three-year-old?

"Instead of trying to produce a program to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's?" Alan Turing, 1950.

In an "Ideas Lab" discussion at Davos...

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'Empathic Civilization': Amazing Empathic Babies

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 6:48 AM

One of the best ways of understanding human nature is to study children. After all, if we want understand who we are, we should find out how we got to be that way. Until recently most philosophers and psychologists thought that babies and young children were profoundly amoral creatures. They...

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